song.sparrow Posted November 21, 2020 Report Share Posted November 21, 2020 Hi everyone! Our family's newest member is a 4-1/2 month old border collie named Monty. He is our third BC, second puppy. I am hoping for some tips about teaching him to settle at bedtime in his crate. If we put him in his crate at bedtime and close the door, he will not settle in the crate. He will just get himself worked up. On the other hand, if we let him settle outside of the crate, once he's settled we can move him to his crate and he'll go right inside, lay down and sleep through the night without a peep. This has been working fine for the last few weeks because I've had a bugger of a cold and have been sleeping semi-upright on my sofa. Our downstairs is puppy-proofed and he can settle down in his own time (usually takes around 10-15 minutes after lights out) and then I put him in the crate for the night. I'd like to go back to my bedroom now, though, which is not puppy proofed. It also shares an adjoining wall with our neighbors, so we are unwilling to have any barking or carrying on disturbing them. So, one short-term option is to puppy-proof the bedroom and try our same current routine up there - let him settle outside of the crate and then move him into it. But in the long term, I'd like to get him to the point where we can put him in his crate and he'll settle himself in there. He's fine with his crate during the day. He will sometimes go in and nap in there on his own. When he needs to be put in there for a time out, we are working on the Quiet command and he's learning to lay down and be quiet. A couple of times he has even fallen asleep in there after being asked to be Quiet. So perhaps we just need to keep working on the Quiet command, doing more crate training asking him to go into his crate on command when he's not being put in a time out, and sometimes closing the door briefly behind him, and gradually increasing the time we ask him to stay in the crate in Quiet. Then once he can go in and settle himself quietly in the crate, moving those commands to the bedroom. Anyway, those are my current ideas. I wanted to see what people thought, and if anyone had any additional suggestions. Thank you! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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